Being president of a multi-national food processing company is anything but a one-size-fits-all proposition, says David G. McDonald. McDonald is president at OSI Group Industries.
OSI Industries supplies protein products, such as breakfast sausage and beef patties, to the food service industry. For many years, OSI Industries was the exclusive supplier of frozen hamburger patties to the McDonald’s restaurant chain.
Today it operates approximately 65 plants in 16 countries and has branched out into sandwich, pizza, dough, and vegetable products. In 2016, Forbes magazine listed OSI Industries as the #58 wealthiest private corporations in the United States. Only five years earlier, in 2011, OSI Industry’s position on the list was 136th.
Ascending to the status of international corporation in the late 1970s, the company now known as OSI Industries was founded by an immigrant from Germany living in Chicago in 1909. Its affiliation with the McDonald’s restaurant chain and the skillful leadership of CEO Sheldon Lavin, who had previously worked in investing and banking, helped the company grow to the global powerhouse it is today.
For 20 years, OSI Industries has operated in mainland China. In China, OSI Industries supplies processed foods to U.S.-based restaurant chains including Papa John’s, Subway, Pizza Hut, and Starbucks.
Today much of OSI’s interest is in developing the European and Brazilian markets. In August 2016, when OSI Industries acquired Netherlands convenience foods processor Baho Foods, McDonald was quoted as saying, “Adding Baho Food to our OSI Europe business gives OSI a broader presence in Europe.” OSI Industries is already one of the top 100 U.S.-based food companies doing business in Europe.
McDonald was born into a farm family in Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 1987 and went to work for OSI Industries, eventually working his way up to become president. An active Iowa State alumnus, he donates scholarship funds to the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity of which he was a member.
Intellectual property law can be a very complex and involved form of law to practice. A lot of people find it very difficult to understand. Intellectual property law covers several areas and various types of industries. Items such as trademarks and copyrights are very common types of intellectual property that is protected by law. While some people are able to obtain this types of patents of sorts to protect their work or their ideas, many will seek the professional help of an attorney who will specialize in this type of law. Even in international areas, there is often a need to obtain a patent, trademark or a copyright and there are international lawyers and law firms who will handle these particular types of cases.
Many times, depending on the nature of the intellectual property that is to be protected, there will be lots of paperwork that needs to be completed. Also, depending on the state or country where the copyright or trademark is being added, there are different laws that apply. In different countries, different types of paperwork are often involved depending on that country’s laws. Because of this, the attorney or law firm that is handling these particular types of cases needs to well-educated and have experience in handling such type of cases.
In South Africa, there are many reasons why a person or a company would want to embark upon obtaining a patent, trademark or a copyright on their product, idea or published works. One predominate industry that would require the use of an intellectual property lawyer or law firm would be the diamond industry. Diamond mining and manufacturing companies are very abundant in South Africa. It is very common for a diamond manufacturing or mining company to discover a rare or high quality diamond and they may want to but their name or their branding on it so that no one else can profit from their diamond product. For instance, let’s say that a company has discovered a unique yellow diamond that has a particular shape or distinct clarity. They want to give it a specific name and claim the ownership rights to it so that no one can copy it and make money from their product. In order to do so, they would need to either have an in house lawyer who handles intellectual property law or hire a firm that does so.
Frans Schoeman is an attorney that handles such types of intellectual property law cases. Not only is he currently a partner of the firm Jouberg Schoeman, he is also the Director of Phatsima Diamond Manufacturers. In his personal law firm, he handles copyright and trademark cases for many types of authors, manufacturers and inventors. As Director of Phatsima, he oversees the patent and trademark of every one of the company’s unique diamond products. He makes sure that no other diamond manufacturer or mining company will be able to claim the ownership rights to any of the products that Phatsima produces. In addition, he processes the papers work for trademarks on any names or the type and style of the diamonds so that they are specific only to Phatsima. As a result, he protects not only the company he works for but also the personal clients that he handles as part of his firm. Frans Schoeman makes sure on newsvine that they will be the sole owners of their products or published works.
Brian Mulligan, the CEO of Brooknol Advisors, a media, entertainment, and sports advisory company, is a successful American business executive. Mr. Brian Mulligan has been CEO of Brooknol Advisors for over seven years as of September, 2015. Mr. Brian Mulligan earned his BSBA and BBA from the University of Southern California, and his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. Throughout his career, he has been involved in more than $175 billion worth media deals. Mr. Mulligan served as Senior Vice President of Operations and Finance from 1995 to 1998, and Executive Vice President of Operations and Finance and Financial Controller from 1998 to 1999, all at Universal Studios Inc. Mr. Brian Mulligan’s work history is far more extensive than provided, and nothing short of what aspiring businesspeople dream of accomplishing.
Mr. Brian Mulligan has earned a number of awards, some of which include “One of the 50 Most Powerful People in Hollywood” by Premiere Magazine, “One of the Leading Investment Bankers on Emerging Business Models” by TMT Quarterly/Law 360, and “One of the Ten Most Prominent Bankers in Hollywood” by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Most people will never earn awards as prestigious as he has, but Mr. Mulligan’s awards do not truly represent how astute he is.
As if Mr. Mulligan’s resume cannot get any more incredulous, he has been involved with philanthropy, as well. “A Better LA” raised more than $85 million for schooling. He is currently involved with the following charities: MCA PAC Democratic and Republican Supporters of the Arts, Media and Entertainment Industry, City of Hope, and St. Jude, to name a few of his affiliates. Mr. Brian Mulligan has been active in youth sporting organizations: he has coached football, travel basketball, and was commissioner of several basketball leagues.
Outside of the business world, Mr. Brian Mulligan is quite active, believe it or not. It seems as if this man never gets tired or loses his ambition, both of which are very desirable qualities. He has blogs on his website, www.iambrianmulligan.com and is a sports writer, for fun. Mr. Mulligan also enjoys reading the bible, according to his blog.